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The partner portfolio

When HP combines its virtualization capabilities with those of key vendors, the result is a single source for virtualization technologies, services and solutions.

The partner portfolio

When does 1+1=3? When industry leaders combine their assets and expertise to provide a strong value proposition for customers—a strategy HP is fully embracing in the virtualization space as it integrates leading technologies into its ProLiant server offerings and delivers them with a full portfolio of HP and partner services.

“One of the things we realize is the benefit of integrating our technology and services expertise with industry leaders like VMware, Microsoft® and Citrix,” says Mark Linesch, Vice President of Marketing, Infrastructure Software, HP. “We fundamentally have all of the pieces to be a great partner for them as well as for our customers, who are facing several challenges as they simplify, consolidate, automate and transform their industry-standard server environments.”

Virtualization is a set of technologies and services designed to improve asset utilization, the efficient use of power and space and overall availability and quality of service in the data center. But if it isn’t applied correctly, some customers may wind up exchanging “server sprawl” for “virtual server sprawl.”

“What you have is a set of customer pain points around cost, energy, space and management, and while virtualization solves some of them, it also introduces new IT challenges that require the infrastructure expertise of a company like HP, combined with some of the core virtualization technologies out there today,” Linesch says.

Perfect match

By establishing key partnerships, HP aims to solve those challenges and to make HP ProLiant the platform of choice for three of the most popular x86-based virtual environments: VMware ESX Server, Citrix XenServer and Microsoft Hyper-V. The goal is to integrate HP’s software capabilities—such as Insight Dynamics – VSE with Smart Solver technology—with those of its partners.


Integrated virtualization on ProLiant now gives customers virtualization-ready servers out of the box.

“What we’ve done is taken virtualization technology that’s been proven in the most business critical environments and ported that capability to the industry standard ProLiant, integrating it with industry standard hypervisors at the same time,” says Linesch. Integrated virtualization on ProLiant now gives customers virtualization-ready servers out of the box.

In a VMware environment, for example, HP leverages VMware Virtual Center and VMotion with its own management software to enable users to migrate virtual machines from a troubled server before a failure occurs. And the integration of HP StorageWorks Continuous Availability software with VMware Site Recovery allows site-level server replication and failover. The integration extends to Education Services as well: as a global VMware Authorized Training Center, HP recently trained its 10,000th student.

In the Citrix realm, HP has integrated XenServer 4.1 capabilities into selected ProLiant servers and created a unique suite of single-server tools to simplify setup and management, called ProLiant Virtual Console. And HP is supporting Microsoft Hyper-V on a broad range of servers and will add Hyper-V support to HP Insight Dynamics – VSE later this year.

“We’re probably farthest along with VMware in terms of ProLiant-ready virtualization and the services that wrap around that, just because they’ve been in the market longer,” notes Linesch. “But we’ll be engaging with all three partners at a very integral level, looking for opportunities to complement their offerings at the platform, software and services levels.”

One focus of HP’s virtualization partner strategy is support of the new virtual-client PC computing. Rather than rolling out fully loaded desktops across a user network, IT departments create a “client instance” for each PC in a virtual machine running on a server in the data center. Benefits include tighter security because data and software remain on a server in the highly secure data center, lower administration costs with management performed from a central location, and better utilization as multiple virtual machines can be run on one server.

The leading edge

“These types of emerging solutions have to be proven in the marketplace first, before they can cross the chasm to mainstream,” says Linesch. “The work we’re doing with our partners is around identifying those customers who are early adopters and putting together a whole product solution for them that includes the ‘lite’ client, the connection broker, the server environment and the management software.”

By partnering with the most popular virtualization environments in the industry-standard server world, HP aims to change the game, Linesch adds. “Together we’re delivering the next-generation management tools that support real-time capacity planning across both virtual and physical server environments, enable what-if analysis, and ultimately help customers to get the most out of their virtualization projects.

“No other company out there has the expertise at the platform, management, software, services and domain level to put it all together with a partner like VMware, Microsoft or Citrix the way we can.”

Related links

»  HP Virtualization Solutions
»  HP Virtualization with VMware
»  HP Virtualization with Microsoft
»  HP Virtualization with Citrix
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Table of contents

Introduction

» Virtual for all the right reasons

Strategies

» The green standard
» Common Ground: Turning distress into ‘de-stress’

Feature

» Rethinking virtualization
» From IT tool to business enabler
» Virtualization beyond IT
» Built for virtualization
» IT leasing makes sense in tough times

Experiences

» The perfect virtual fit
» Selective outsourcing
» HP fuels The Indy Racing Experience
» Stepping up to service delivery
» The power of partnership
» Dressed for success

Solutions

» Pick-and-choose-support
» Getting the most out of outsourcing
» Teaching the data center to think green
» Storage briefs
» Data deduplication eases storage headaches

Technologies

» Mission-critical blades now available
» Taming the wild petabyte
» PDM moves up
» New 8P server addresses capacity, growth needs
» Storage for all sizes
» A SAN for all reasons
» Security without walls
» Putting petabytes to work for your company

Supplement

» The great leap forward
» Puzzled by power?
» The partner portfolio
» Server management simplified
» Two worlds as one
» The better road to open source
» Two blade servers in one
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